Seen in the Cinema: 2016.by Cinema_Fan | created - 01 Jan 2016 | updated - 11 months ago | Public
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1. The Peanuts Movie (2015)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life.
Votes: 35,505 | Gross: $130.18M
(01-01) (K). Quite a good movie that just may seen a tad over-long for the youngster's, but in all, not too bad for most either.
2. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.
Votes: 96,719 | Gross: $25.02M
(07-01) (K). Blue sea Vs. "blue screen" that can feel like the tide is too far out of reach with its audience, a nice try but a weak catch, considering its director. It has its moments that can and does captive, but in reality this is nothing more than empty netting with holes and leaks that holds very little content. Watchable and at the same time, forgettable.
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)
PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami...and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.
Votes: 12,358 | Gross: $85.89M
(13-02) (L). Fun and frolics with the furry three that youngster's will enjoy...strong coffee may be recommended for accompanying grown ups, otherwise all is good.
4. Deadpool (2016)
R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.
Votes: 684,543 | Gross: $363.07M
(18-02) (K). It's an adult themed movie of foul-language, nudity, sex and ultra-violence that combines sarcasm, wit and dark humour to the point of making this Superhero flick a very enjoyable no-brainer experience. This is Messrs Reesee and Wernick reprising what seems a, distinct, reincarnation of Ryan Reynolds' Hannibal King, from "Blade Trinity" (2004), via the sardonic wit of the parallel universe in which this man travel's; two Marvel characters' with seemingly one very close persona. A fun movie that crosses the line from puerile entertainment to, once more, an adult themed action-movie of the Superhero genre. Not for children and younger film fans'. Worth a second look too and buyer beware.
5. Room (I) (2015)
R | 118 min | Drama
A young boy is raised within the confines of a small shed.
Votes: 250,030 | Gross: $14.68M
(24-02) (L). Here less-is-more and the longer this film carries on it becomes apparent that this is more than sentiment alone. Both a enjoyable cinematic experience and an unsettling insight into the human psyche albeit fiend or family.
6. Norm of the North (2016)
PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When a real estate development invades his Arctic home, Norm and his three lemming friends head to New York City, where Norm becomes the mascot of the corporation in an attempt to bring it down from the inside and protect his homeland.
Votes: 7,050 | Gross: $17.02M
(07-04) (CL). Festive holiday fun, simple plot and simply done with its sub-text of eco-friendly narrative, Norm of the North turns into a charming and fun film.
7. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.
Votes: 511,793 | Gross: $330.36M
(24-04) (Berlin, Germany). Seen at the SONY CENTRE in Berlin, unfortunately, with only 3D as an option (€16 with glasses). A new image for the Bat and now with added zest and punch from Superman too. This two-headed beast works well insofar that it contains a fast moving pace with, unsurprisingly, stunning visuals. The plot is typically standardised to the point of, slight, predictability, that makes the final shoot-out with the two heroes and their arch enemy, their CGI arch-enemy, feel a tad flat which, in turn, lets the last act down somewhat. Overall a very good action film but let down by its finale of the CGI nemesis.
8. The Jungle Book (2016)
PG | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther, Bagheera, and free spirited bear, Baloo.
Votes: 214,144 | Gross: $364.00M
(25-04) (Berlin, Germany). Seen at the ZOO PALAST in Berlin, in "Club B", which has books the length of the side walls. A contemporary edition of Rudyard Kipling's fantasy, that does combine both real-life action and CGI very well. All-through the sing-a-long does feel rather flat and unwanted here, this is the only deep trough here that fails to inspire any enthusiasm for merit. The existing narrative is only plausible on the fact of its historical value that makes this new version just acceptable for both nostalgia and sentimental reasons. Otherwise a "nice" film but not the rewatchable type.
9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Stormtrooper defector Finn and spare parts scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker.
Votes: 700,691 | Gross: $936.66M
(28-04) (ferry crossing). Seen on the ferry from Rotterdam to Hull, from Berlin, Germany, on the motorbike. The image quality was rather grainy and not what one would call HD, but, considering the location and type of theatre is wasn't too bad an experience. A private showing to the extent of being the only ticket-holder, fun, nice...
10. The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
PG | 97 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to three unlikely outcasts - Red, Chuck and Bomb - to figure out what the pigs are up to.
Votes: 60,874 | Gross: $107.51M
(04-06) (K). A film of oppresion of the Individual and a state of mind of conformity and decline of Free Will. An amusing comedy of how individualism meets social grooming and how, when pulling together, both can live in harmony and acceptance. Good family fun too...
11. Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind's new space defenses be enough?
Votes: 139,709 | Gross: $103.14M
(25-06) (K). Propaganda at work here in the direction of the One-Single-State speaking for us all to the point of pure egoism at its lowest common denominator: drivel, wooden and so easily dispensable. Not worthy of space within the Bargain Basement Bin.
12. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime
After attracting both media and police attention for accidentally knocking Kate Moss into the River Thames, Edina and Patsy hide out in the south of France.
Votes: 9,405 | Gross: $4.75M
(04-07) (K). Dragged in. Seen under duress. Ran from the theatre. Goodbye.
13. The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.
Votes: 137,594 | Gross: $368.38M
(21-07) (L). Funny, amusing and a Saturday matinee fit for both grown ups and children.
14. Pete's Dragon (2016)
PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.
Votes: 42,358 | Gross: $76.20M
(13-08) (L). A charming and sentimental film that could, and does, fit two age spectrum's.
15. Suicide Squad (2016)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse.
Votes: 451,889 | Gross: $325.10M
(14-08) (K). Very nearly terrible. Over produced and too much going on, concerning both visuals and soundtrack. Still worth another watch.
16. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Unrated | 66 min | Drama, History
In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.
Votes: 44,256 | Gross: $0.05M
(16-08) (K). Finally, the first time seeing this and accompanied live by a pianist and violinist.
17. Finding Dory (2016)
PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Votes: 178,660 | Gross: $486.30M
(20-08) (L). A bit bland for my taste but good for youngsters'.
18. The BFG (2016)
PG | 117 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
An orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world.
Votes: 58,166 | Gross: $55.48M
(29-08) (L). A tidy and quaint film if not a little over-long for the youngest amongst the audience. But a nice working of Mr. Dahl's writing's by the King of Childrens' Cinema. Good family entertainment.
19. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.
Votes: 20,672 | Gross: $0.30M
(05-09) (L). FINALLY...I have seen this film on the Silver Screen. A 2013 (5K) BFI translation.
20. Storks (2016)
PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.
Votes: 42,573 | Gross: $72.68M
21. Anthropoid (2016)
R | 120 min | Biography, History, Thriller
Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler.
Votes: 30,437 | Gross: $2.96M
22. Trolls (2016)
PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.
Votes: 52,027 | Gross: $153.71M
23. Doctor Strange (2016)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts.
Votes: 367,644 | Gross: $232.64M
(16-11) (K). A star-studded bore-fest that, in many occasions, flat-lines beyond belief. Poor pacing and a dull script and narrative. The future of cinema for Generation Y and beyond, sad really.
24. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
PG-13 | 133 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
Votes: 281,660 | Gross: $234.04M
(18-11) (K). A one minute past midnight showing of a film that simply wouldn't have seem to be over-long if there were more going on. One not for the BLU-ray collection. We shall see, after this "introductory film", if the next installments' improve this franchise.
25. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 654,446 | Gross: $83.01M
(01-12) (CL). The best Christmas movie ever? I think so...
26. Rogue One (2016)
PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans.
Votes: 379,932 | Gross: $532.18M
(19-12) (L). A so-so, none high-octane event that both makes a gap and fills it very thinly into this franchise. A passing affair that just may be passable on BLUray. Nice, also, to see Sir Peter on the big screen once more, very surreal.
27. Inner Workings (2016)
G | 6 min | Animation, Short, Adventure
The mind and heart of an average office worker clash over what he wants and what he needs.
(21-12) (L). Showing as a double-feature with "Moana" (2016).
28. Moana (I) (2016)
PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.
Votes: 168,321 | Gross: $248.76M
(21-12) (L). What better way to celebrate the winter Solstice, in the dark, at the cinema.